Three provocative blog entries

A serene but alien landscape

  Judging from these three new entries on his blog, my friend and colleague Bill Hamblin clearly feels that his life has been too serene of late: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/enigmaticmirror/2014/10/27/this-in-from-sunstone-south/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/enigmaticmirror/2014/10/27/the-dehistoricizing-impulse/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/enigmaticmirror/2014/10/27/rejecting-historicity/  Posted from Park City, … [Read more...]

Thoughts from an ordained mathematical physicist on science and religion

Die Mathematische Brücke

   “I think of science and religious faith as being two eyes. Both are looking for truth. I can see with more depth and accuracy using both eyes together, like binocular vision, than if I use either eye by itself separately.” “I’m a very passionate believer in the unity of knowledge. There is one world of reality – one world of our experience that we’re seeking to describe.” Rev. Dr. Sir John Polkinghorne, formerly Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Cambr … [Read more...]

Jacob 1

Elspeth Young's Jacob

  In today's reading, Jacob 1, the torch is passed.  Not quite to a new generation, but to Nephi's younger brothers, Jacob and Joseph.  They had never known Jerusalem, but had been born during the journey down the Arabian coast to the New World. There is a division, at the death of Nephi, between the secular government, which is granted to one line of men, and spiritual leadership, which continues within the family of Lehi.  Whereas Nephi had exercised both sec … [Read more...]

Reflections on the current situation in Kobani and the campaign against ISIS

At Kobani, with bombs

  One perspective on how things stand at the moment: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/10/kobani-still-holding-out-good-news I have to say that, from my point of view, helping the heroic Kurdish defenders of Kobani is a moral imperative, not merely a tactical or strategic problem.   … [Read more...]

“Why bees are disappearing”

a bee on a flower

  About seven or eight years ago, bee colonies began dying en masse. Why is this happening? What are its implications? This is a really interesting talk (about fifteen minutes long) by a world-renowned entomologist who specializes in bees: http://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing?language=en   … [Read more...]

A new German blog/commentary on the Book of Mormon

Zentralwien

  For those out there who read German, I'm happy to announce that Rene Krywult of Vienna, a very astute thinker, has launched a new personal chapter-by-chapter online blog/commentary on the Book of Mormon, entitled Studien im und über das Buch Mormon: https://dasbuchmormon.wordpress.com He will be providing a fresh personal translation of the English Book of Mormon into German, and adding his own personal commentary as well as drawing upon various … [Read more...]

“Redefining marriage hurts women like me — and our children”

Note the Obama symbol

  A very personal statement: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2014/09/13692/   … [Read more...]

“We kind of made a mistake four years ago”

Son of David Deutsch

  Donny Deutsch, multi-gazillionaire advertising executive, television personality, and Democrat, pretty much endorses Mitt Romney, hoping for a "do-over": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-f82dHi6TI   … [Read more...]


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